iOS 10 is the biggest iOS ever released according to Apple. It comes with a lot of new features that are sure to amaze and awe many users. For those of us that have an older iPhone or iPad, our experience may not be on par with the folks sporting a brand new iPhone 7 or an year old iPhone 6s Plus. Some of the new features in the latest iOS consume incremental resources and that can lead to making your iPhone slow, sluggish and battery deficient following the iOS 10 update.
If you are facing such issues with your iPhone 5, iPhone 6 or the good ole iPad, read on and make sure that you have explored all the tips in order to get the best iOS 10 experiences possible without the annoying sluggishness and battery drainage issues.
Please note that the first few days using iOS 10 could be battery intensive as the software takes time to index your information on the phone. You shouldn’t have any persistent problems beyond that. If you are still having issues, please read on to see how these tips could help you.
- 1 Tip #1 Optimize Free Space on your iPhone
- 2 Tip # 2 Optimize the Photos on your iPhone
- 3 Tip # 3 Delete Apple Stock Apps that You Never Use
- 4 Tip # 4 Manage iOS 10 Animation Related Issues
- 5 Tip # 5 Get a Handle on Location Services on your iPhone
- 6 Tip # 6 Disable Raise To Wake Feature
- 7 Tip # 7 Get a Handle on the iOS 10 Widgets
- 8 Tip # 8 Selectively Disable Background Refresh of Apps
- 9 Tip # 9 Use the iOS 10 Battery Life Suggestions Feature
- 10 Tip #10 Use Low power Mode with iOS 10
- 11 Tip # 11 Minimize Auto Lock Time
- 12 Tip # 12 Remove Spotlight Search Option for Apps
- 13 Tip #13 Optimize iMessage Media options in iOS 10
- 14 Tip #15 Reset RAM on iDevice
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Tip #1 Optimize Free Space on your iPhone
This tip has always worked for the past several iOS updates. For those of you still sporting the 16GB iPhone, this tip is crucial. If you have updated your iPhone or iPad to iOS 10 with less than 10% free space available on the device, please try and free space on your iPhone in order to get a better performance.
Tap on Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage and tap on Manage Storage under Storage. Here you can see which apps and data are consuming the most storage on your iPhone. Try to go through the list and delete items that you do not need on the iPhone. There might be apps that you have not used in ages and they are still on your iPhone.
For a comprehensive checklist and a step-by-step guide to help you recover space on your iPhone, please check out our detailed spring cleaning guide for your iPhone.
Tip # 2 Optimize the Photos on your iPhone
Tap on Settings > Photos & Camera and choose Optimize iPhone Storage. This will allow iOS to optimize storage for your photos on your idevice. If you have too many photos and haven’t backed it to the iCloud, you may consider backing up the Photos via photo Library and deleting them from your iPhone.
With iOS 10, You can now take advantage of the “Memories” feature. You have the ability to not only create a custom slide slow with memories made of photos, but you can also add music and other media to the slide slow and then save it as a video.
Well if you have too many of these memories video files on your device, that can end up eating your free space. You may want to manage these videos in order to conserve space on your iPhone.
Tip # 3 Delete Apple Stock Apps that You Never Use
Now with iOS 10, you can delete all the native/stock Apple apps that you never used such as the Compass. Simply hold the app icon for a second or two and then tap on the ‘X’ mark at the edge to remove the app from your iPhone.
Tip # 4 Manage iOS 10 Animation Related Issues
iOS 10 has a lot of new animation features that can dazzle up a new iPhone such as the iPhone 7. If you are on an older iPhone, this may lead to sluggishness and slowness.
In order to get a handle on these animations, you can turn on Reduce motion on the accessibility settings. Turning on this setting stops the iOS from eating up valuable resources.
While on the accessibility settings, you can also increase the Contrast link by moving the slider to ON position.
Important: Please note that when you turn off ON the reduce motion setting, some of the fancy features in iMessage such as disappearing ink et al will not work on your device.
Tip # 5 Get a Handle on Location Services on your iPhone
This tip not only can boost the performance of your iPhone but will also be useful in preventing battery drain issues. Depending upon how many apps you have set up to use your location, they can very easily become the performance pitfall. This is especially true with third party apps that have not been updated in a while.
In order to manage this, Tap on Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Turn Off completely or manage it by individual app to which you have provided access to your location.
Tip # 6 Disable Raise To Wake Feature
We love this feature on iOS 10. The new raise to wake feature only works with the iPhones that have the updated motion-co-processor. Since this feature gets triggered when you move the iPhone, it does end up consuming some battery power on your device.
If you are having problems with battery life on your older iPhone, you may want to try disabling this feature to see if it helps your iPhone.
In order to Disable the Raise to Wake feature, Tap on Settings > Display and Brightness > and turn off the switch next to Raise to Wake Setting.
Tip # 7 Get a Handle on the iOS 10 Widgets
Widgets have been around on the iOS for a while, but iOS 10 has brought in new features to this functionality. If you have too many widgets on your lock screen, that can cause performance and power issues as the widgets will try to get updated information. Try to reduce the number of iOS 10 widgets and only use the ones that you absolutely must on your locked screen.
Tip # 8 Selectively Disable Background Refresh of Apps
Most of us that depend upon notifications cannot switch off the background refresh feature totally. You can however selectively turn off the refresh for most apps and only keep the ones that you absolutely need.
You can change the settings by going to Settings >General >Background app refresh. Disable the background refresh for the apps that you do not need.
Facebook is one such app that is known to consume some serious resources.
Tip # 9 Use the iOS 10 Battery Life Suggestions Feature
If your brightness settings for your iPhone are turned up all the way ( Settings > Display and Brightness > Auto-Brightness OFF ), you might see the suggestion in this section to change the setting. Depending upon the various settings, iOS 10 will show you the power consumption by the various iPhone resources so that you an manage this to conserve battery.
Check the settings by switching between last 24 hours and last 7 days to see which apps are consuming the most battery on a repetitive basis based on your usage.
Tip #10 Use Low power Mode with iOS 10
This is one of the most important battery optimization feature that was introduced in iOS 9.X. You should take advantage of this setting to get more juice for your iPhone. Tap on Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode ON
When activated, battery draining background activities are disabled automatically by iOS to save you hours of battery.
Tip # 11 Minimize Auto Lock Time
Change the auto lock time setting to 30 seconds so that your iPhone screen is not turned on all the time. This will help save your battery levels.
Tip # 12 Remove Spotlight Search Option for Apps
If you are not a big fan of Spotlight Search recommendations or use it minimally, you can turn off the settings where Spotlight searches in Apps. In order to do this, Tap on Setings > General > Spotlight Search . Scroll down to Search results and disable the apps whose results you don’t want to see in the Spotlight Search recommendations.
Tip #13 Optimize iMessage Media options in iOS 10
iMessage in iOS 10 has been spruced up with stickers and emojis et al. Depending upon your usage, this can consume a lot of resources on your iPhone. This is particularly the case when you are trying to send a super hi quality image via your iMessage service. In iOS 10, you can optimize this setting so that it consumes less resources on your iPhone. In order to do so, Tap on Settings > Messages > Scroll down to the bottom and locate Low Quality Image Mode. Set this setting to ON on your device.
Tip #15 Reset RAM on iDevice
One way to speed up a slow idevice is by clearing up the cache. In order to do so in the older iOS, All you do is hold down the Power button on your iPhone until the “Slide to power off” prompt appears. Then, just park your thumb (or finger of choice) on the Home button until the phone bumps you back to the Home screen.
And that’s it. Just make sure your phone is unlocked because otherwise, all you’ll do is open Siri. This will work with your iphone and iPad. Thanks to Mark Forrest for sharing this tip online.
You need to be on one of the Apple’s native apps when you do this.
There are many other tips and tricks out there to boost the performance and power of your iPhone while using iOS 10. Last but not least is optimizing your Safari’s performance on your iPhone running iOS 10. Please check it out to make sure that you have optimized your Safari settings to get a speed boost while using the app.
Lastly, we have also added an easy Step-by-step video that walks you through some of these easy to use tips on your iPhone running iOS 10.
As we move forward and use iOS 10 more, we will keep this post updated with some of the favorite tips shared by our readers that speed up your iPhone’s performance on iOS 10 and help you conserve battery while enjoying your iPhone.